Julie Roach, Indo Board SUP/Yoga Instructor

A few days ago, we had a great time Stand Up Paddle Boarding and practicing Yoga on our SUP’s with Julie Roach of www.myyogagirl.com.


Julie writes, “Living in Central Florida all my life, water being on both sides and in between, my sport and passion is movement with nature. As a Yoga instructor and personal trainer, I love to train, teach yoga and just generally be outside. Just over a year ago, I was lucky enough to have an opportunity to start teaching yoga on top of a SUP. .. HEAVEN!
Passionate about stability, balance and mindfulness, I can practice no matter what the wind, water or weather conditions might be. I’m on the water as much as possible, but use the Gigante cushions when I can’t. I position the cushions under the nose & tail of my board, allowing me to have a challenging, stable workout everyday. My yoga practice and strength have improved considerably, and it’s a SUPload of fun right in my own backyard (or living room! )Check it out for yourself . If you have a SUP Board or not, the cushions are the Indo Board GIGIANTE Cushions, and fun to play around with!”
Julie paddles and teaches yoga on the beautiful Winter Park Chain of Lakes in Central Florida. She instructs smaller private groups in basic paddle instruction, yoga and fitness classes in the quiet coves and lakes in and around Orlando. Julie is a Florida native and is a certified yoga instructor and lifeguard. She has created a new board for standup paddle yoga & fitness with Suplove TM, to be introduced at Surf Expo this fall. Look for her in the Suplove booth September 7-10th. She is also a Lululemon Brand Ambassador leading fun & funky events on the water coast to coast! H2yO Classes and private class information can be found on her website: www.H2yO.biz or email: yogagirljulieroach@gmail.com

Laird Hamilton's secret weapon – Indo Board

Ever wonder what makes Laird – Laird. Check out this workout and you will see. The workout was designed by Laird to create a unique circuit that presents both a mental and physical challenge. Laird incorporates exercises he learns from Expert Trainers, Military Commanders, Physical Therapist’s etc. He is constantly evolving and expanding his fitness and the Indo Board is part of that evolution.

Indo Board training with Battle Ropes

Below are some examples of how to take your battle rope workout to the next level.  Indianapolis Colts running back Donald Brown and professional sprint car racer Lynsey Tilton use the Indo Board Balance Trainer to improve their core strength, balance, agility and kinetic chain stability all while getting an intense full body workout with ropes.  In the videos below Donald Brown uses the Indo Original FLO GF with the IndoFLO cushion under the Original deck while Lynsay Tilton ups the ante by using the Indo Board Pro with a Pro roller underneath the Pro deck. The workouts in the video are taking place at Pit Fit Training in Indianapolis. Pit Fit is run by Jim Leo and is the place where serious athletes in Indianapolis train.  This workout is not for the faint of heart so check yourself before you wreck yourself!

Pro snowboarder Eric Jackson trains on the Indo Board


Eric ‘E-Jack” Jackson is one of the best freeride snowboarders in the world.  Last year E-Jack injured his foot and had to spend a great deal of time off the mountain rehabilitating his injury.  This off-season E-Jack worked tirelessly with his fitness trainer Paul Hiniker at Frogs Fitness in Encinitas, CA to make sure that his entire body is stable and strong enough to avoid future injuries.  In this video Paul explains why the Indo Board Balance Trainer has become his favorite piece of  equipment when working with professional snowboarders and surfers.  Watch as E-Jack tries out his latest Indo Board set-up: the Indo Board Gignate cushion with the Indo Mini Pro deck on top.  This setup was chosen by Paul Hiniker as it allows snowboarders to strength train in a stance that is as close as possible to their riding stance.  As Paul explains in the video, stability and strength training on an unstable surface is the most important aspect of the fitness programs he prescribes to the professional snowboarders and surfers that he works with.

Indo Board at Black House MMA

Black House is not your average training facility. More than a group of fighters, Black House is a private facility where the elite MMA athletes converge and train.  Black House is more than a team, more than a gym – Black House is a place where the athletes unite and use the best training tools available.  Indo Board Balance Trainers are used by Black House athletes to improve balance, stability, core strength and agility.   

Mind/Body interactive video training with the Indo Board and Dr. Terry Weyman

Dr. Terry Weyman, owner of Chiropractic Sport Institute (CSI) in Los Angeles, CA explains his new method of independent Mind/Body training using an interactive video game and the Indo Board Balance Trainer.  Terry is helping to prepare his son Tyler, a top-ranked, national class motocross rider for Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championships; the most prestigious race in the U.S. for amateur motocross riders.   A complete explanation of this training method can be found below the video.    

In sports our bodies often act independently from our minds. Our minds are thinking strategy and foresight while our bodies go into trained autonomic function of performance. I noticed that when my son Tyler ( a national-class, competitive motocross rider) was playing his video game while on the couch he would be so focused that at times he would not hear us calling his name.  I also noticed when Tyler was training on his Indo Board he could balance, squat and perform difficult resistance movements all day long without losing stability or balance.  But one day I had him play his video WHILE standing on his Indo Board and he was unable to pull it off!  As soon as he got into the video it was very difficult for him to remain balanced on his Indo Board.  I wanted to know why?
The answer lies in the fact that the body is almost always multitasking, both with conscious and unconscious thought as well as conscious and unconscious movement. In competition the athlete must be able to think and make mental decisions while his/her body is in full function. (Focus with performance). The combination of the video game and the Indo Board showed the extremes one can go to in an effort to create this multitasking environment.  How do you train for this?  
The answer lies in the fact that humans have two pathways in the nervous system; Afferent* and Efferent*, as well as voluntary and involuntary movement. With this in mind I set out to figure out how to train all of these systems at the same time and create a true multi-tasking environment.  To effectively do this I believe you must train them independently, yet at the same time.  Keep in mind however, that the Wii™ and other balance games do not accomplish this since the “balance board” is integrated into the game thus ensuring the player’s balance is controlled by conscious thought rather than unconscious thought.
My method works like this: the game is held by the hands and takes mental thought. Since the game changes every second and is “unpredictable” and very sensitive, it requires constant multi-button actions that task both the right brain and left brain.  When you add an INDEPENDENT balance board with unpredictable movement, such as the Indo Board, you are training proprioception (body awareness), voluntary/involuntary physical movement and mental dexterity and thereby creating the “Perfect Storm” of multi-tasking.  
Tyler is preparing for Loretta Lynn’s, the most prestigious race for amateur motocross riders in the United States.  Hopefully this new training method will give him the edge he needs to perform at a very high level. 

 

*Afferent leg

The afferent leg of the peripheral nervous system is responsible for conveying sensory information (nerve impulses) toward the central nervous system, primarily from the sense organs, like the skin.
In the muscles, the muscle spindles convey information about the degree of muscle length and stretch to the central nervous system to assist in maintaining posture and joint position. The sense of where our bodies are in space is called proprioception, the perception of body awareness. More easily demonstrated than explained, proprioception is the “unconscious” awareness of where the various regions of the body are located at any one time.
Several areas in the brain coordinate movement and position with the feedback information gained from proprioception. The cerebellum and red nucleus in particular continuously sample position against movement and make minor corrections to assure smooth motion.

*Efferent leg

The efferent leg of the peripheral nervous system is responsible for conveying commands (nerve impulses) from the central nervous system to effectors, such as the muscles and glands. It is ultimately responsible for voluntary movement. Nerves move muscles in response to voluntary and autonomic (involuntary) signals from the brain. Deep muscles, superficial muscles, muscles of the face, and internal muscles all correspond with dedicated regions in the primary motor cortex of the brain, directly anterior to the central sulcus that divides the frontal and parietal lobes.
In addition, muscles react to reflexive nerve stimuli that do not always send signals all the way to the brain. In this case, the signal from the afferent fiber does not reach the brain, but produces the reflexive movement by direct connections with the efferent nerves in the spine. However, the majority of muscle activity is volitional, and the result of complex interactions between various areas of the brain.